The history of the name Wysbairn goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a wise or learned
person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English words wis,
meaning wise or knowledgable,
and man, meaning man.
Early Origins of the Wysbairn family
The surname Wysbairn was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wysbairn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wysbairn research.Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1296, 1305, 1513, 1629, 1688, 1677, 1685, 1632, 1712, 1661 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Wysbairn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wysbairn Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wysbairn family name include Wiseman, Wyseman, Wysman, Wisman and others.
Early Notables of the Wysbairn family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Simon Wyssman, knighted in 1513 by King Henry 8th as a result of Sir John's bravery in action at the Battle of Spurs in the Hundred
Years War; Sir Thomas Wiseman... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wysbairn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wysbairn family to Ireland
Some of the Wysbairn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wysbairn family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Wysbairn or a variant listed above: Henry and Catherine Wiseman, who settled in Maryland in 1634; John Wiseman, who settled in Virginia in 1652; Henry Wiseman, who settled in Maryland in 1719.